Brighton’s local independent record shops celebrate Record Store Day

Posted On 23 Apr 2018 at 12:32 am

Simon Raymonde and his staff getting a little sugar boost just prior to the start of Record Store Day

Saturday 21st April has been a very important date in the music calendar for many people up and down the country and even internationally as it was annual Record Store Day.

This is a celebration of the culture of the independently owned record shop. The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores right across the world.

Waiting patiently at the back of the vinyl queue in Kensington Gardens, Brighton

A number of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, with a unique list of releases for each country, and are only distributed to shops participating in the event. The event began in the United States and remains headquartered there. Record Store Day has official international organizers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Australia, and Spain

The Lovely Eggs ‘This Is Eggland’ 12″ picture disc LP

Brighton had its fair share of goings on this year, with our independent stores all vying for business and the eager punters endeavouring to secure that treasured vinyl item or two or three or four. The most amusing release this year for me was by the Lovely Eggs who released their ‘This Is Eggland’ 12”” long player in the style of a giant fried egg. There were only 500 copies of this special picture disc made.

A courier is delivering even more vinyl to Natasha Youngs Resident Music

Over the years, I have found it most refreshing hunting for discs in the independent record shops as you really don’t know what’s going to turn up next. Buying records remains fun and with the new generations coming through, they too are getting the bug!

Roll on next year!

Your local Brighton independent record shops that took part this year were:

Stephen Mallinder (left) of Cabaret Voltaire fame drops by at Bella Union on Record Store Day

Bella Union Vinyl Shop,
13 Ship Street Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1AJ Tel: 01273 245287

Eager record buyers inside Rarekind Records in Trafalgar Street, Brighton

Rarekind Records,
104 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4ER Tel: 01273 818170

Resident Music in Kensington Gardens is packed with people waiting half way down the street

Resident Music,
27-28 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AL Tel: 01273 606312

BBC Local Radio’s Danny Pike (left) is broadcasting live from Simon Parker’s Vinyl Revolution in Duke Street, Brighton

Vinyl Revolution,
33 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG Tel: 0333 323 0736

Further details are here:

Rarekind Records is starting to build a bit of a queue early on Record Store Day

Vinyl buyers in Vinyl Revolution, Brighton on Record Store Day


  1. Mark Kite Reply

    It is a really great day and you meet people when you are queuing up and strike up great conversations and make new friends. I look forward to this every year and for the last four have gone to Resident Records. Great fun and bought some great albums. Thanks resident for making it so enjoyable for your customers

    • Natasha Reply

      Aw – thanks Mark. It’s an absolute pleasure. Genuinely. Best day of the year & I think all the Residents agreed that this year was our best one yet. Thanks so much for being a part of it. Means the world to us to know all our hard work results in an event that people enjoy & remember.
      ~ Natasha

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